Gabonese President Ali Bongo is seriously ill but recuperating, his spokesman says, ending weeks of official silence on his condition.
Speculation has mounted on the health of President Bongo, 59, with some reports saying he suffered a stroke.
He is being treated in Saudi Arabia, with the initial announcement last month saying he was suffering fatigue.
His spokesman, Ike Ngouoni said Bongo was “recovering all of his physical abilities”.
No mention was made of a stroke but the president had suffered “bleeding which required medical care”, Ngouoni said.
Ali Bongo succeeded his father Omar Bongo as president in 2009, who governed the western African nation for more than 40 years.